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Old 16-12-2011, 08:59   #31
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Re: sailboats, more than something to sail

Interesting thread. Somebody mentioned Zen and that's the word I use.

OK, I race on Wednesday nights, and cruise from place to place on Lake Ontario and that's all fun.

But for me, sailing lets me -- forces me --- to live in the moment. I'm watching the sails, the water, the wind, and feeling the boat as living thing. Anything else -- job, money, what that sob said to me yesterday -- is gone.

Don't need a destination or a race. Just need wind.

Of course, sometimes I put Otto on the helm and read my book. And that's great too.

Not to mention drinks in the cockpit at the end of the day.




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Old 16-12-2011, 09:06   #32
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Re: sailboats, more than something to sail

I'm sure there's a trick, but I can't make that pic appear vertically.

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Re: sailboats, more than something to sail

Don't turn a boat into a profession. Everything becomes what they want to do, when they want to leave and where they want to go. You also have to keep them safe and happy in an infinite number of ways. The sense of freedom and adventure disappears, which is a huge part of having a boat.

Don't get me wrong, it is still fun because you are out on the water, but less so.
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Don't turn a boat into a profession. It becomes less fun, but still fun.
Just let me know when you're ready to change jobs, David. I'm willing to bet the farm you're not going to enjoy lecturing half as much as I'm going to enjoy commanding a research vessel.
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Re: sailboats, more than something to sail

Uh....no deal. I love what I do for a living.

But if you ever want to trade your sailboat for my ski boat then let me know.
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my boat is my life and my lifestyle and my home. she sails and we go places. cat guards her. she seems happy with this arrangement--isnt finding much more f or me to do than already needs doing.
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My vessel is my hobby and my home, simple.
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My boat is my man cave ...........
I've always wondered how many guys have boats that they mainly just go to to do work on and not sail etc, which in the long run is really just their man cave.
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Sailing started out for me as stress relief. It makes you pay attention to the moment. It has grown for me to be a peaceful adventure and occational challenge. I don't care about the destination I instead love the trip. I raise the sails and turn off the motor as soon as possible. No schedule to keep. I really don't like motor sailing since you might as well buy a power boat but understand people have to get where they are going.
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I've always wondered how many guys have boats that they mainly just go to to do work on and not sail etc, which in the long run is really just their man cave.
Don - my husband does that with his boat. That's why we have two.
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